Sinus Lift Houston, Texas 77070
Sinuses are vacant and inflated spaces. These maxillary sinuses are behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. Some of the natural upper teeth roots stretch up into maxillary sinuses, so when they are extracted, just a thin wall of bone separating the maxillary sinus and mouth is left behind. Dental implants need bone to fit in. Due to the thinness of the sinus wall, it becomes nearly impossible to place dental implants in this bone.
The condition and quantity of jaw bone to fix the implant are key factors for a successful and deep-rooted dental implant. Sinus augmentation helps to elevate the sinus floor permitting new bone formation specifically when the bone loss arises due to injury or periodontal disease.
A sinus lift is the most common bone grafting procedure for patients dealing with bone loss in the upper jaw. Sinus lift extends the bone in the floor of the maxillary sinus above the bony ridge of the gum line that supports the teeth in the upper jaw allowing dental implants to be fixed in the new bone growth.
You may require a Sinus Lift Procedure if you:
- Lack more than one tooth in the back of your jaw
- Lack of a significant amount of bone in the back of your jaw
- Lack of teeth due to a congenital disability
- Lack most of the maxillary teeth and require support for dental implants
How Sinus Lift Procedure carried out?
The procedure proceeds by making a small incision on the premolar or molar region to expose the jaw bone. A small opening is cut into the bone, and the membrane lining the sinus is pushed upward. The underlying space is filled with bone grafting material taken either from your own body or other synthetic materials. Then, the incision is sutured, and the recovery process starts. After months of healing, the dental implants can now be placed and preserved in freshly formed sinus bone.
Whether the procedures, sinus augmentations, and implant placement have to take place in a single step or double step depends upon the amount of bone available to stabilize the implant. If enough bone is present between the upper jaw ridge and bottom of the sinus, then they go as a single procedure. Otherwise, firstly the sinus augmentation is carried out, then the graft will have to mature for up to several months after which the implants can be placed.
The sinus graft helps the patients to have dental implants who earlier had no other option other than wearing loose dentures.